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Mt Nebo via Andrew's Ridge, UT

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Difficulty 5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 13.12 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,505 feet
Elevation Gain 5,372 feet
Accumulated Gain 6,009 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 7 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 43.17
Interest Peak
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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20  2011-10-04 PrestonSands
Author fricknaley
author avatar Guides 93
Routes 383
Photos 3,724
Trips 2,743 map ( 18,146 miles )
Age 43 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
Co-Author PrestonSands
co-author avatarGuides 168
Routes 149
Photos 5,534
Trips 1,317 map (6,690 Miles)
Age 42 Male Gender
Location Oro Valley, AZ
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep → 7 AM
Seasons   ALL
Sun  6:10am - 6:32pm
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King of the Wasatch
by fricknaley & PrestonSands

Likely In-Season!
Overview: A big climb to the top of the highest summit in the Wasatch Mountains, this route is also ideal in fall for magnificent maple displays. The summit of Mt. Nebo actually has 3 peaks, with this trail taking you to the south summit (2nd highest) at 11,877 feet. The highpoint is the north summit about 1 mile away. It can be reached from the south, but requires a class 3-4 knife ridge traverse that is certainly to be avoided in inclement weather. the north summit sits about 50 feet higher. The hike to the summit of south Nebo is class 2.

Warning the ridge line to the summit and the peaks are completely exposed and above timberline. This is not th place to be during a storm.

Hike: The signed Nebo Bench trail takes off from the nice parking area and immediately begins climbing into the maple and oak forest. This is the only trail sign you will see all day. The immediate elevation gain is a sign of things to come, as the huge gain on this hike leads to a constant state of "going up" all the way to the top. The initial stretches of trail climb up through the oak and maple forest of Andrew's Canyon and can be spectacular in the fall. The trail varies from very nice, to a little muddy and washed out along the switchbacking slopes but is always easy to follow. A little short clearing a bit over a mile in allows the first nice views of Nebo. You climb in and out of the forest as you ultimately pursue obtaining Andrew's Ridge as your approach to the summit ridge line.

Once you achieve Andrew's Ridge, you will continue to hike along the ridge or just off to the north side for a couple of miles, again occasionally passing through forest, now composed of conifers and some aspen. You will also cross over a few prominent drainages. Finally just a bit over 4 miles in to the hike you come to an unsigned trail intersection in the trees. An obvious trail breaks slightly right and down (the continuation of Nebo Bench). A second trail goes generally straight and slightly up (the summit ridge trail - your choice) and a third faint use path heads almost straight up/left. Go straight onto the summit ridge trail. The next half mile switchbacks and climbs wildly up to the summit ridge line through open grasses and flowers. Once you hit the summit ridge line there is a sign pointing to the right, indicating mighty Mt. Nebo lies ahead. Turn right onto the obvious trail. The summit of South Nebo lies about 1.8 miles up the ridge line, which is now basically entirely above timberline. The views of the Nebo peaks are fantastic, and from the ridge you can see almost forever, it seems, into the Wasatch and also over Utah Lake.

The hike along the ridge to the southern summit gradually increases in steepness and is across talus most of the way but there is a pretty easy trail to follow. At a few points the trail splits, but always rejoins so it doesn't really matter which way you go. About 0.5 miles shy of the final summit push to come across a small alpine/glaciated type of flat that is really quite awesome, good place for a rest before the final last little steep section to the southern Nebo summit where awe inspiring views await over the Mt. Nebo Wilderness, Middle and Northern Nebo Summits, Santaquin Peak and Utah Lake area. Incredibly steep glacial basins drop down immediately to the east. Return the way you came.

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This is a difficult hike. It would be insane to attempt this entire hike without prior experience hiking.

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2011-10-20 fricknaley & PrestonSands
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Mt Nebo via Andrew's Ridge
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    Nick summed up this hike very well, so I won't elaborate much. Considering the early storms and cloud buildup once we hit the summit ridge, I was surprised and thankful that we were actually able to safely summit the Wasatch King. Being on such a high and isolated peak with clouds quickly building and flying overhead is an exciting experience. This was probably the toughest hike I have been on to date and it was absolutely worth it. The views and the scenery were mind blowing, something I will never forget. Add to that millions of maples in full fall color and it was downright ridiculous. Wow!!! Our time on the summit ridge was about the coldest I have ever been while hiking, both Nick and I were in full cold weather gear and thankful we had brought it. After our awesome hike we were immersed in some of Utah's finest scenery on the drive back to Provo along the Nebo Scenic Byway. I don't think we could have had a more perfect day. :y:
    Mt Nebo via Andrew's Ridge
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    Mt. Nebo was the other peak (besides Timpanogos) we really wanted to hit up on our trip to the wasatch mountains. we kept a nervous eye on the forecast and planned an early start hoping for the best. in the dark we drove out to the trail through intermittent sprinkles. we tried to ignore the lightning flashes. as we got off I-15 we pulled over and check out the satellite. seemed there was a small storm over the nebo wilderness and a second one a bit south. looked pretty clear after that. we drove out to the trailhead and let it lighten up a bit. we thought about leaving then decided to wait a few minutes as it seemed to be getting darker...sure enough that second storm came in fast. we chilled in the car for about 30 minutes and it seemed to move on by...

    so we went up, up, up into the nebo wonderland. first through the wet maples and oaks, getting drenched along the way but becoming ever pleased with the blue skies and drop dead scenery. as we hit andrew's ridge the wind picked up and it started getting a lot cooler. the scenery was killer though and the serious ascending kept us plenty warm. once we hit the spur to the summit ridge the trail really opened up and the hike became phenomenal from a viewpoint perspective. it really picks up in steepness to the summit ridge and we were sucking wind once we finally hit it, but looking over at mighty nebo was inspiring. it was clearly windy..and getting downright cold. we put on some more gear and took off trucking up the summit ridge. almost immediately we became aware of quickly growing black clouds coming in from the south. we reconvened and watched as they quickly blew by and it soon became evident that storm clouds were passing through. since we saw no rain or lightning and they were moving through very quickly (very windy now) we kept grinding out the last 1.8 miles to the summit of south nebo.

    absolutely incredible views awaited us on top. freezing gale force winds immediately forced every bit of clothing to be put on and it was still pretty cold. we enjoyed what we could from the summit before retreating back to the saddle. the weather stabilized on the way down and i was able to slowly remove all the extra stuff. by the end it was glorious outside.

    we finished off a perfect day by driving through the nebo wilderness. it was about 25 miles of endless mountains and hills covered in literally millions of gold aspen. i have never seen anything like it...truly, truly spectacular.


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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Follow Interstate 15 south from Salt Lake for approximately 80 miles to the town of Nephi. From Interstate 15 take exit 225 at Nephi and drive east on Utah Highway 132 for approximately 4.5 miles. Take a left (north) on the Nebo Loop Road. Drive 3.3 miles and take another left. Drive 1.3 miles to the trailhead, which is in a parking area on the left.
    page created by fricknaley on Oct 20 2011 1:28 pm
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